Hi there!

My name is Mara and I'm the gal behind Carter and Cruz.

Growing up, I was always drawn to the shine and gleam of jewelry. As a young girl, I would regularly ask my dad to hoist me up onto a shelf in my mom's closet and I would spend hours carefully inspecting each item in her jewelry collection. I would watch my grandmother carefully put on each earring, ring and necklace and admire the elegance in which she carried herself. To this day, I love the way a simple hint of gold or silver can help elevate any look.

Named after my two sons, Levi Carter and Luca Cruz, this creative outlet that started as a pandemic hobby has now grown to take up this small space on the internet. As a full time working mama, embarking on this adventure has brought me so much joy and I hope these pieces bring you the same amount of joy and magic. Thank you for being a part of this journey.